Monday, October 06, 2014


Shew, that was it. The last weekend before we jet off to Turkey ... 5 more working days. Squeal. I am finally excited. Well, probably more nervous. For some reason I feel like I'm forgetting something crucial. NO idea what tho. Flights are booked, paid for & printed. Tour is booked, deposit paid & internal flights printed. Visa has been downloaded, not paid (free) and printed. House sitter has been met and instructed. The Trucker is getting our cash this week and aside from a trip to Dischem to get some back-up toiletries & meds, I have no idea what I'm forgetting ...

Anyway, that's what's coming ... back to what's been. On Friday night, at 12 weeks, I caved and we went for an early sushi dinner at Cedar Square. It was amazeballs.

Then on Saturday I had a bit of a lazy morning. The Trucker was up early because we were hoping to finish the Patio this weekend ... unfortunately that didn't go quite as planned. After they attached the first panel of bamboo, we realised it would be too low and our windows couldn't open. So they decided to attach it differently (better imho) but that meant detaching every piece of bamboo and re-nailing them one-by-one. Needless to say at the end of the whole weekend of work, they had the gutters up (yay!) but only about half a metre of bamboo has been put up. Slow going. I think it's looking good tho :) The Trucker isn't completely convinced. I'll try remember to take a photo this afternoon for you.

So while he was doing that, I headed to Builders Warehouse for a dreadfully annoying experience (long boring story). And then I went to get my hair done. Not cut, although it probably needs it before summer! But just a wash & blow dry because on Saturday afternoon we had the Urban Jozi Photo Shoot I'd asked for, for my birthday (in April). We'd been putting it off during winter and then tried to book it asap once I found out I was pregnant ... but the guy The Trucker had arranged with was in Australia. So this was the last possible date we could do. I wanted to get it done before I get too fat/pregnant.

I was a bit nervous in the morning when @Jenty told me there was a festival in Joburg and that roads would be closed and that the graffiti under the bridge was hidden by construction ... and although The Trucker knows the photographer, I don't. He's the guy The Trucker did his photo course with (that I gave him for Xmas 2013). I wasn't so sure he'd be in the know as I think he does mostly weddings or corporate shoots, not lifestyle. (Sheesh but how big is that new Newtown Junction mall?! Haven't seen it since they began construction!)

But it turned out fine (well, I haven't seen any photos yet, but the experience in general). I think it was probably a little more "posed" than we were expecting, but we managed to find some graffiti and we got some at the Nelson Mandela bridge and some at Constitution Hill (which I'd never been to ... before April, I really must plan a day on the Joburg Red Bus!) and then, *then*, he talked his way into Randlords and we got dusk photos from the rooftop as all the lights were coming on in Joburg. I think that was my favourite and those are the photos I'm most excited to see! The Trucker has always wanted a Joburg skyline panoramic print for the house, and I am super duper hoping that we will be able to use one of these, with us in it. Can NOT wait to see how the photos came out :D

(In case you're wondering, we chose a Jozi Urban shoot because we knew we'd be moving to Cape Town when we had kiddies and The Trucker has lived in Joburg all his life and it's been a large part of my life and our whole life together so far ... so we specifically wanted that for the memories).

On Sunday The Trucker was up early again working on the patio while I did the grocery shopping and then I headed off to lunch with some of the #SCMDinner girls. Such a great afternoon :)

In the evening we watched The Giver. It was okay. I don't advise watching it too soon after Divergent. Seems to have similar threads of society falling apart and then the new order being to split and control everyone. But it was alright for Sunday night entertainment.

And that was our weekend ...

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